FORT WORTH, Texas, Nov. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Galderma Laboratories, L.P., makers of Cetaphil, the #1 dermatologist-recommended brand of facial cleansers, continues to help make the world a more "Wonderphil™" place through its partnership with the Children's Skin Disease Foundation (CSDF) and Camp Wonder, an initiative of the CSDF. Since 2012, Cetaphil has been a proud supporter of the CSDF and Camp Wonder, providing grants, volunteers and products as part of its ongoing commitment to raising awareness of skin diseases. Beginning November 1, the brand's Moisturizing Cream will be showcased exclusively at CVS/pharmacy locations nationwide in a special limited-edition product display in celebration of Camp Wonder's 15th anniversary and honoring the memory of Camp Wonder camper, Samantha Smith.
"Camp Wonder meant the world to Samantha. She looked forward to it all year long," says Connie Smith, Samantha's mother. "Second to going to Camp, Samantha's biggest joy was her artwork so you can imagine how thrilled we were to have her design chosen. It's hard to express how wonderful it feels. It's like a part of her lives on. We are overjoyed, just as Samantha would have been."
Camp Wonder is nothing short of extraordinary. Every year, the medically-staffed summer program invites nearly 100 children ages seven to 16, who suffer from severe and fatal skin diseases, to experience a week away from bullies, mean stares, and that isolating feeling of being different. Instead, children get to experience the joys of being a kid at summer camp just like so many others across the country. This year, Camp Wonder celebrated its 15th anniversary with a special celebration where past campers and counselors were invited back for a night of music, dancing, fun and games.
"As a leader in skin health, Galderma is honored to be a part of such an important and meaningful cause. Over the years, Galderma has donated more than $500,000 to the CSDF and its flagship program, Camp Wonder," said Miles Harrison, Vice President and General Manager at Galderma Laboratories, L.P. "The incredible impact that Francesca Tenconi and the CSDF have made on so many families is remarkable. We are thrilled to remain a partner and to help celebrate this meaningful year for the organization."
The week-long camp is funded by the CSDF, an organization founded in May 2000 by Francesca Tenconi. As an adolescent, Francesca suffered from a potentially life threatening skin disease and missed out on normal childhood activities. She wanted to use her experience to help others, so on her 16th birthday she asked friends and family to forgo gifts and help her create the CSDF.
"I can't believe it was 15 years ago when my vision for the CSDF was brought to life. It's amazing to think of how many lives we've touched through our organization and Camp Wonder, and I truly feel grateful for the support we've received. Just four years ago, Galderma Laboratories and Cetaphil raised their hand, offering to help, igniting a partnership we are thankful for every day. Together we are able to provide the kids at Camp Wonder the chance to just be kids -- and every child deserves to know that feeling," said Francesca Tenconi, Founder of the Children's Skin Disease Foundation and Camp Wonder. "It means so much that Samantha's artwork has inspired Cetaphil's 15th anniversary limited-edition display at CVS/pharmacy locations. Although she lost her battle with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), Samantha was seen as so much more than her disease, and her memory will be honored at Camp Wonder forever."
"By working with Cetaphil, we're able to help make an impact on the lives of children affected by skin conditions and their families as they experience the joys of summer camp," said Eileen Howard Boone, senior vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility & Philanthropy for CVS Health. "With this year's partnership, we're excited to say we've helped raise awareness of the CSDF by placing 11,000 displays in our stores and by having sold 79,000 jars of Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream supporting Camp Wonder since 2013, which directly aligns with our purpose of helping people on their path to better health."
The Cetaphil® Moisturizing Cream, $15.99* (16 oz.), will be on display beginning November 1, 2015 at CVS stores nationwide. For more information, or to get involved with Camp Wonder, visit www.csdf.org, Facebook.com/Cetaphil, and Instagram.com/cetaphilus.
*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Retail Price is at the sole discretion of the retailer.
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About Camp Wonder
Camp Wonder was created by Francesca Tenconi in 2001. At age 11, Francesca was diagnosed with pemphigus foliaceus, a potentially life threatening skin disease. Throughout her treatment she met other kids who suffered from skin problems and wanted to find ways to help them. In May 2000 on her 16th birthday, Francesca asked friends and family to donate money to help her start a charity in lieu of giving her gifts. Four days later, the Children's Skin Disease Foundation (CSDF) was formed. Thankfully, Francesca made a full recovery and is now working on dermatology research while continuing to work with CSDF. In addition to raising money for medical research and family assistance, CSDF started Camp Wonder -- a summer program where children with serious and fatal skin diseases can just be kids. csdf.org/campwonder.
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